Southgate in no mood to change England's winning formula

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

England and Croatia are teams that innovated over time but have generally been immutable during the World Cup, sticking to virtually identical starting lineups except for group phase finales, after advancement was secure.

Meanwhile, the last two games for Croatia, against Denmark and Russian Federation, ended the same: with Croatia winning in penalties.

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my teammates". "You can see that togetherness on the pitch now, and I think that's valuable in crucial moments in big games, and yeah, I can definitely say this is most together England team that I've been involved in, and so I think that makes a massive difference and you get your rewards for that".

Dalic admitted that trying to outdo the achievement of that great generation was a driving force for his team, skippered by the brilliant Luka Modric.

"Of course, it's not the same if you play two 90-minute matches and two 120-minute matches, but I still believe we have had ample time to recover and we are professional enough to know who needs what with what kind of recovery".

"This generation has been underrated for a long time but they have shown their qualities when it matters and they will go down in history as a great generation that has come close to the "bronze Vatreni" of 1998".

"Come here, and we'll watch it together". - Mario Mandzukic assisted Andrej Kramaric's goal against Russian Federation in the quarterfinal - he has been involved in four goals at the World Cup finals for Croatia (3 goals, 1 assist), with only Davor Suker involved in more (6).

Unlike England, who have become reliant on one man for their goals, Croatia boast eight different goal scorers to date in Russian Federation.

Lovren was hauled off after 31 minutes of Liverpool's 4-1 Premier League defeat at Wembley, with Spurs racing into an early two-goal lead as a result of errors from the centre-half.

Lovren was not impressed when he was reminded of that day by an English reporter. Ask Justin Timeberlake, and he'll tell you the same thing. "You're just nit-picking in terms of my performances".

He added: "I have full respect for Kane".

"He's one of the best strikers in the Premier League", the defender told United Kingdom newspapers.

"We want players to be 100 per cent but we will see after training. We're really proud in the style that we've played, with the intelligence that we've played, and that we've performed under pressure and dealt with hard situations in games where we've had to wait until the last minute to score, we've had to recover from conceding in last minute, we've been through extra time, penalties".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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